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Wie war so schön doch Wald und Feld!

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wie war so schön doch Wald und Feld!
Wie ist so traurig jetzt die Welt!
Hin ist die schöne Sommerzeit,
Und nach der Freude kam das Leid.

Wir wußten nichts von Ungemach,
Wir saßen unterm Laubesdach
Vergnügt und froh beim Sonnenschein,
Und sangen in die Welt hinein.

Wir armen Vöglein trauern sehr:
Wir haben keine Heimat mehr,
Wir müssen jetzt von hinnen fliehn
Und in die weite Fremde ziehn.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Siân Goldthorpe) (Christian Stein) , title 1: "The migrants' farewell song", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Chant d'adieu des oiseaux migrateurs", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Wat was het mooi toch, bos en veld!

Language: Dutch (Nederlands) after the German (Deutsch)

Wat was het mooi toch, bos en veld!
Hoe triest is ’t nu met ‘t al gesteld!
Weg is de mooie zomertijd,
En na de vreugde kwam de spijt.
Wij wisten niets van ongemak,
Wij zaten onder ’t loverdak
Voldaan en blij bij zonneschijn,
En zongen luid in ’t aards domein.
Wij arme vogels treuren zeer,
Wij hebben nu geen thuisland meer,
Wij moeten weg nu hier vandaan
Naar vreemde verten vliegen gaan.

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Translation of title "Abschiedslied der Zugvögel" = "Afscheidslied der trekvogels"


  • Singable translation from German (Deutsch) to Dutch (Nederlands) copyright © 2016 by Lau Kanen, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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